American Federation of Government Employees
The Union Vote and You
What are your Rights?
What can you expect during the representational election?
The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is
conducting an election to determine whether the
bargaining unit employees of NAWCTSD wish to be
represented by AFGE Local 2113. The election will be
conducted by mail. The FLRA will mail eligible
employees a mail ballot package from their office in
Atlanta Georgia on Monday, January 28, 2002.
Employees must then mark a secret ballot and return it
in the designated envelope to the FLRA by February
28, 2002 to have your vote count. It is very important
that all FLRA directions are followed exactly.
Management must maintain neutrality regarding an
employees decision to form, join or assist our union.
However, this does not prevent management from doing
things, i.e.; awards, time off, etc. to make the employees
content with the status quo, and therefore, less likely to
vote for continued representation.
Under the law, management has the right to correct the
record during an organizing campaign. This means if
the Union was to misrepresent itself or the facts, that
Management would have the right to make remarks to
correct the record. AFGE Local 2113 has striven to
provide factual information to the employees we
represent. We want you to support our Union, and we
encourage you to question any information you do not
Employees can talk about the election during duty
Employees have the right to talk about many issues at
work, such as, local and national news events,
television programs, friends and family events, etc. The
only rule to remember is that the employees involved in
the discussion may not interrupt their work to engage
in the conversation. Employees working next to each
other can continue to work and engage in any one of the
This vote is your opportunity to express your choice or
you may choose not to participate. If the majority of
voters vote "YES" for representation, AFGE Local 2113
will continue to represent all employees in a fair and
equitable manner as we have for the past twelve years.
Voting YES for the Union does NOT obligate you to
join or to pay dues.
Whether you are a Union member or not, you still enjoy
the benefits and provisions of the Labor Management
contract AFGE Local 2113 has already negotiated. Just
as important, our Union continues to fight for employee
pay and benefits in Congress. Our AFGE National
Office has legislative specialists and political lobbyists
who help our representatives in Congress draft
language containing pay and benefit provisions
favorable to all Federal Employees.
The Union can negotiate on a multitude of issues
affecting working conditions. Some working conditions
AFGE Local 2113 is currently involved in negotiating
address your right to fair and equitable treatment in
merit promotion (Resumix), transportation subsidies,
facility changes, telework, and new contract provisions
covering Police Officers.
Congress states that labor organizations are in the
Congress further states that labor organizations help
facilitate and encourage the amicable settlement of
disputes between employees and their employers
involving conditions of employment (5 U.S.C. 7101) by
requiring an arbitration hearing as the final step of the
grievance procedure. The arbitrator is required to
render an impartial, final and binding decision with
regard to an employees complaint. Employees have
much more confidence in a decision that is made by a
neutral party NOT associated with the employer or the
It is impossible to list all of the rights that you now enjoy
because of Union representation. You can find many of
them in the Labor Management Agreement available on-
line. Without a Union, management is able to make
decisions regarding personnel policies and procedures
without considering the impact on employees. With
Union representation, Management has to negotiate a
mutual agreement that addresses your concerns.
Without a voice, employees have no control over their
working lives. The strength of a Union comes from the
full involvement and participation of the employees it
With a Union, employees can address almost any
issues that come along.
With a Union, employees can be a part of the effort to
provide the best possible service.
THAT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE.
AFGE LOCAL 2113 WORKING FOR YOU
Union response to Learn the Truth flier of 11 Apr 2001.
Union response to Your Right to Vote email from TSDvote@aol.com
Union response to Anonymous Email